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A firefighter is silhouetted against a blaze burning on Hooper Hill between Bodfish and Havilah on July 15. That fire, dubbed the Bodfish Fire by authorities, was 100% contained at 560 acres on July 20.

Lightning sparks fires in local area

Sat.: 20% chance Tstorms, high 100.

Mike Devich Kern River Courier

Sun.: Sunny, high 100.

wilderness area just northeast of the valley. Many resources from the Bodfish Fire were reasThe Kern River Valley and signed to the fire which, as of surrounding area have been the press time, continues to burn. scene of several fires in the past Also on Sunday, the Grouse few days. Fire was spotA spectacular ted by the lightning show Indoor lightning safety Needles Fire on Thursday, July L o o k o u t 15 was the cause • Avoid contact with corded Tower about of at least four of phones, computers, and other 31 air miles the fires. of electrical appliances which have north The Bodfish a direct electrical connection. Kernville. It is Fire burned on • Avoid contact with plumbing located within both sides of the such as sinks and bathtubs. the McNally Caliente-Bodfish Fire of 2002 in • Stay away from windows and Road just over the Golden Hooper Hill from doors. Trout WilderBodfish. The • Do not lay down on concrete ness and is Creek Fire (near floors or lean against concrete being left to Riverkern in walls. burn to proTulare County) mote forest Source: Kern County Fire Dept. also started July health by 15 but was conreducing fortained by the next morning at 95 est fuels and returning the natuacres. The Bodfish Fire contin- ral cycle of fire to the forest, ued to blaze for several days but according to the U.S. Forest is now 100% contained at 560 Service. acres. On Tuesday, the Indian Fire The Owen Fire was held to a and another burning nearby, the 50x50-foot spot at the top of the Sand 2 Fire, were redubbed the ridge behind Camp Owen in Owens Peak Complex. The Sand Kernville. It was controlled on 2 Fire is 100% contained at 1255 Friday afternoon, July 16. acres and the cause was deterOn Sunday, the Indian Fire was reported burning in a See FIRES, Page 16

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It seems that summer just started, but the stores are already filled with back to school merchandise and Cerro Coso Community College in Lake Isabella is already accepting registrations. The fall semester starts on Aug. 23, which seems like a long time from now but in real-

ity is only a few weeks away. Get registered today. For questions or assistance, call the community college’s hotline number at (760) 379-5501. Cerro Coso Community College’s Kern Valley campus is located in the Kern Valley Plaza Shopping Center on Lake Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella, behind the El Portal 2 Mexican Restaurant.

Women asked to mentor a girl The Kernville Union School District’s Family Resource Center is hosting an informational luncheon on Wednesday, July 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Sierra Vista Restaurant in Weldon for Kern River Valley women interested in mentoring a Woodrow Wallace Middle School girl. The luncheon will provide a general outline of the mentoring program. If you are interested or know of someone who would be a great mentor, please contact Jan Mazzone at 760-379-2556 or to reserve a seat.

Good news for those faced with economic hardships. The Energy Assistance Fund, designed to help with electricity bills, is again available to low-income residents. Funded in part through customers of Southern California Edison, SCE then matches the amounts dollar for dollar. The program is administered locally through the local Salvation Army affiliate. Qualified Kern Valley residents may receive up to $100 on their unpaid Edison bills. And if the resident is listed with SCE as an "All Electric Home," they may receive up to $200 on an unpaid Edison bill.

Applicants must bring current proof of household income and their complete unpaid Edison bill to The Salvation Army at the Community Christian Service Center, 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd. The person making the application must be the person named on the bill. It takes about 15 minutes to complete an application. The service is available Mondays through Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You must not have received EAF assistance in the last 12 months. Call the Community Christian Service Center at 760-379-5100 for more information. Funds are limited, so if you need help, don't wait.

Lake Isabella’s weekend weather

Sat. night: 20% chance T-storms, low 73.

Sun. night: Mostly clear, low 71. Mon.: Sunny, high 98. Mon. night: Clear, low 70. National Weather Service


Courier news briefs bring you the news in a glance.


He outran all the Indians and lived. California Joe spins the tale.


Those old Beatle records may bring you the big bucks. Then again, maybe not.


The valley’s towns have their own histories. Here are a few of them.

Kern River Water Data: Wed. 6 a.m. Storage, Isabella Reservoir 3154,965 acre-feet. (High point was 330,829 ac-ft. July 2. Pool capacity is 568,075 ac.-ft. at the spillway. Current limit is 360,000 ac.-ft.)

Aid program to help with home electric bills switched on again Kern River Courier

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Inflow, North Fork of Kern at Kernville 1104 cfs (5-hr avg.) Outflow, Lower Kern 2117 cfs Borel Canal flow 584 cfs Murdoc Douglas/Kern River Courier

Angie and Curtis Ary (left) and Sean and Malia Armes won $120 per couple at the 4th of July golf tournament.

Data from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cfs=cubic feet per second 1 cu.ft. = 7.48 U.S. gallons 1 ac.ft.= 325,851 U.S. gal.

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Kern River Courier

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Courier Calendar Hummingbirds will be feted at the Kern River Preserve in Weldon on Aug. 7.

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Spotlighting the best of the Kern River Valley Owners/Editors/Publishers Michael Batelaan Mike Devich Contributing Editor Mike Ludiker Contributors/Columnists Mike Mencarini Rod Middleworth Matt Freeman Bodfish Bob Ron Bolyard Donna Fitch California Joe Richard Rowe Clarence Semonious Harry Thal Photographers Michael Batelaan, Mike Devich, Mike Ludiker Contributing Photographer Murdoc Douglas Ad Production Michael Batelaan, Mike Ludiker Advertising Sales Valerie Minoux, Joanie Gardner Business Office Sara Wakeman Subscription Information The Kern River Courier is published and mailed weekly for $36 per year. Send payment to: Kern River Courier P.O. Box 1145 Wofford Heights, CA 93285 Advertising policies Publisher reserves the right to reject or cancel any advertising at any time. Cancellations or rejection shall not preclude payment on similar advertising previously run. KRV Publishing and the Kern River Courier are not liable for errors in copy or an advertisement beyond the cost of the actual space occupied by the error. Publisher reserves the right to place the word “advertisement” on any ad copy that appears to resemble editorial matter. Submission policies Editorial and photo submissions are welcome and will run at the discretion of the editors. Submissions will only be returned when accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. The editors reserve the right to edit all submissions. The entire contents of the Kern River Courier are copyright ©2010 KRV Publishing. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without prior written consent. All rights reserved. Letters policies Letters to the Editor are run when space permits. They are meant as an open forum for expression. The views expressed in the letters to the editor within this paper are not necessarily the views of this paper, nor those of the staff. Letters to the editor pertaining to local issues and events or those that affect our area are encouraged. Please include your real name, address and phone number for verification. Pen names or incomplete names are not allowed. The Kern River Courier reserves the right to exclude any letter to the editor, or edit its contents for length and prevention of libel, or for other reasons as seen fit by the editors. Letters should not exceed 200 words.

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Food commodities date to be Tuesday, July 27 Government food commodities will be distributed to those qualified on Tuesday, July 27 at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights, Grace Chapel on Highway 178 in Mt. Mesa, and the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Distribution starts at 8 a.m.

Regular meetings & activities Fridays

• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-5831. • 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS #2293 weight loss group, Veterans Hall #2, 417-2272. • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Alzheimers respite group meets at Vets Hall, Lake Isabella. 379-0848. • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.- TOPS weight loss group, Mt.View Baptist Church, 2959 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella. 378-3935. •10-11 a.m.- Grief Support Group, Hoffman Hospice, 6048 Lake Isabella Blvd. 1st and 3rd Fridays. (661) 410-1010. • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. - AA, 6407 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. • 11 a.m.-3p.m.- Lunch at Eagles, open to public, Mt. Mesa. 379-3394 • 1 p.m.- Happy Hookers crochet club, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-6335 • 4 p.m. - KV Cruisers Cruise Night, El Portal II Lake Isabella, 1st Fri. 549-3855 • 7:30 p.m.- Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd, Wofford Hts. 379-7318 or 549-3541.


• 9:30 a.m. Sequoia Amateur Radio Group, Youth Center, Lake Isabella. 2nd Sat. • 9 a.m.- 2 p.m - Farmer’s Market, Nuui Cunni Ctr, French Gulch. 549-0800 • 3 p.m., Havilah Centennial Group meets, 1st Saturday, schoolhouse. 379-2636. • 5-7 p.m. Dinner at Eagles open to public, Mt. Mesa. 379-3394 • 7-10 p.m.- Dam Dancers square dancing, 1st Saturday, Senior Center, Lake Isabella.


• 9 a.m. to noon - VFW Breakfast, open to the public. 2811 Nugget, Lake Isabella. 379-3877. • 9 a.m. to noon - Eagles Breakfast, open to the public. Highway 178, Mt. Mesa. 379-3394.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-5831. • 1 p.m. - Kern Valley Democratic Club, Senior Center, 3rd Monday. • 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Line dance beginner classes, intermediate and advanced follow at the Senior Center. 379-0043. • 3 p.m. - Kernville Chamber of Commerce meets, board 2nd Mon., general membership 4th Mon. 376-2629. • 5-7 p.m. Eagles spaghetti dinner, Mt. Mesa, open to public, 1st. Mon. 379-3394. • 6-9 p.m. KRV Community Orchestra meets at Cerro Coso Lake Isabella. 376-4461. • 7 p.m. KRV Art Association meets, 3rd Mon., Senior Center. 379-2844. • 7 p.m. K.V. Rovers meet at Kern Valley Museum, Kernville. 1st Monday. • 7:30 p.m. Al-Anon, KRV Hosp Cafe. 3797318 or 549-3541.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-5831. • 8:30 a.m. - Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. (909) 753-9043. • 9:30-11a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, First Baptist Church, Lake Isabella. 379-2556. • 10 a.m. KRV Garden Group, 2nd Tues. 379-1129. • 12:30 p.m. Bridge Club, Rod & Gun Club, E. Evans Rd., Wofford Heights. 376-4249. • 1 p.m. Epilepsy Support Group, Moose Lodge, Lake Isabella. 3rd Tues. 376-1606. • 2 p.m. - KRV Cemetery District meeting at

South Fork Woman’s Club to have fundraiser BBQ Aug. 1 The South Fork Woman’s Club, one of the oldest organizations in the valley, will have its annual BBQ fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 1 from 11 to 3 at the clubhouse on Highway 178 and Fay Ranch Road in Weldon. Tickets are $8. BBQ boneless chicken and more. cemetery. 2nd Tuesday. Public invited. 376-2189. • 2 p.m. - LI-Bodfish Prop. Owners meet at Senior Center. 2nd Tues. (760) 379-1830. • 7 p.m. - KRV Historical Society meets, Senior Center, Lake Isabella, 4th Tues.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Sen. Ctr., 6407 Lk. Isabella Blvd., 379-5831. • 9:30 a.m. - TOPS weight loss group, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. (661) 867-2579. • 9:30-11 a.m.- Me & My Friends children’s playgroup, Kernville Methodist Church, 3792556. • Noon- KRV Chamber of Commerce meeting, El Portal II. 2nd Wed, 379-5236. • 12:30 p.m. - Bridge Club, Eagles Lodge Mt. Mesa, 376-4249. • 1- 2:30 p.m. - Alzheimers Caregiver Support Group, Vets Hall, Lake Isabella, 1st Wed. 379-0848. • 1:30 - 3 p.m. Grief Support Group, Optimal Hospice, 6504E L.I. Blvd. • 2- 6 p.m. Dinner at Eagles, Mt. Mesa. Light dinner. Open to public. 379-3394. • 5:30 p.m. Weight Watchers, Weldon Methodist Church, (760) 267-4693. • 6 p.m. - Fish & Game Habitat Club meets, 631 E. Evans Rd, Wofford Hts, third Wed. • 6:00 p.m. American Legion, Lake Isabella Sr. Ctr. Veterans Rm., 3rd Wed. 379-5488. • 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.- Senior Dance, Senior Center, Lake Isabella dining rm., live band. • 7 p.m. Al-Anon, 80 Evans Rd. Wofford Hts, 376-2410.379-7318 or 549-3541. • 7 p.m. - Elks meet, Wofford Heights Blvd.


• 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., M - F, Senior Nutrition, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. 379-5831. • 8:30 a.m. - Yoga Practice Group, Kernville Methodist Church. (909) 753-9043. • 9 a.m. to noon - Thursday Painters, Community Room, Senior Center, 379-5329. • 9:30 a.m. - Fire Safe Council, Supervisor McQuiston’s office, Lake Isabella. 3rd Thurs. • 9:30 a.m. - Aglow Int’l, Senior Center, Room 1. 2nd Thurs. For women. • 11:45 a.m. - KRV Woman’s Club meets, Elks Lodge 4th Thurs. (some exceptions). • Noon, Exchange Club, Paradise Cove. • 1 p.m.- Clan Diggers meet at the Lake Isabella Library. 2nd Thurs. 379-2303. • 2 p.m.- 8-ball Tournament at Eagles in Mt, Mesa. Open to public. 379-3374. • 5 -7 p.m. - TANF Cultural Night - Native Youth & Community Cultural Ctr French Gulch Campground. • 5-7 p.m. VFW Taco Thursday, open to public. 379-3877. • 5 p.m.- Republicans of Kern Valley meet 3rd Thurs. at Moose Lodge. 378-3602. • 6 p.m. - Rotary Club meets, golf course, Kernville. (760) 376-1421. • 7 p.m.-Sweet Adelines meet, Senior Center, Lake Isabella. Prospective members welcome. • 7 p.m.- Kern Valley Astronomy Club, museum, Kernville. 3rd Thurs. 376-1291.

Bingo Guide

Friday, noon, Eagles Bingo, Eagles Lodge, Mt. Mesa Saturday, noon, South Fork Woman’s Club Bingo, Fay Ranch Rd., Weldon Sunday, 1 p.m.. Moose Bingo, Moose lodge, Lake Isabella Blvd. Wednesday, 1 p.m - Senior Center Bingo, Lake Isabella. Thursday, Early Bird 12:15-Regular 1 p.m. St. Jude Bingo, Hwy 155 & Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Hts. This information is sent to the Courier by the groups listed. It is suggested that groups provide a phone number in case interested individuals need more information, or meeting times have changed. All area codes are 760 unless otherwise noted.

Sweet Adelines to hold annual Ice Cream Social Aug. 7 The Kern Valley Sweet Adelines will be offering a Ice Cream Social and Live Auction on Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Lakeshore Lodge in Wofford Heights. Cost is $10 donation (5 and under free.) For more information call Cheryl’s Diner, 376-6131. Kern Valley Hummingbird Fest Aug. 7 at Preserve One of the valley’s most delightful visitors, the hummingbird, will be celebrated at the Kern River Preserve in Weldon on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Alison at (760) 378-2029 or e-mail Rotary Club plans charity golfing fundraiser Aug. 14 The Rotary Club of Kern River Valley will host its annual charity golf tournament fundraiser to support the club’s humanitarian, intercultural and educational activities on Saturday, August 14 from 9am to 2pm. $50 for non-Kern Valley Golf Course members (Kern Valley Golf Course members, $20). Lunch will be served. Sign-in starts at 8:30 am at the Kern Valley Golf Course. For more information contact Paul Cromwell at (760) 417-1008 or REVA friends of animals to hold fundraiser dance Aug. 21 The REVA animal rescue group will hold their annual fundraiser and dance on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. $10 is entrance, a hot dog and drink, or chips. Prizes plus ‘60s and ‘70s music. Drag out those hippy duds or come stylin’ in disco finery. Help fund our community’s low-cost spay/neuter clinic. Affair is open to those 13 years to forever young! For further information call Jesse Martinez at (760) 378-3101. Food commodities date to be Tuesday, Aug. 24 Government food commodities will be distributed to those qualified on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights, Grace Chapel on Highway 178 in Mt. Mesa, and the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. Distribution starts at 8 a.m. Exchange Club to host Rubber Ducky Races Aug. 28 The Kern Valley Exchange Club chapter will be holding their annual Rubber Ducky Races fundraiser in Riverside Park in Kernville on Aug. 28. This annual event pits hundreds of rubber ducks against each other in an exciting race down the Kern River. You can take a chance on a favorite duck and be eligible to win prizes. Proceeds go to help the Exchange Club do their charitable community work. For more information, call 376-4790. Sierra Arts and Crafts Festival Sept. 3-6 in Kernville The Kern River Valley Art Association’s big annual Arts and Crafts Fair will take place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-6, in Circle Park in Kernville. If you are an artist or a vendor, reserve your spot now. Call Judy at 378-4109. If you want to go, there is no charge to go and enjoy yourself and look at the creations.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Kern River Courier

Things I Have Noticed...

Fish in fine fighting form Rod Middleworth Kern River Courier Columnist

For almost 20 years our family spent at least two weeks camping at June Lake in the High Sierras. It was always beautiful, the lake full of fish just waiting for us to catch (and often release). We trolled, fished off the shore and always had fish Middleworth for dinner, breakfast, and even smoked some for afternoon snacks. My favorite fishing spot was only a hop, skip, and jump from our camp. After a few days of great fishing and finally getting to the point of constant catch and release, we would strike out to find other fishing areas to try our luck. You know, just a change of scenery and perhaps larger fish. One year we decided to change the scenery by fishing in Lee Vining Creek. It was about 20 miles from camp, so we drove over and found a place to park. Pole in hand I carefully approached the creek, silently looking into the stream. No fish. Walking further upstream and peering from behind a huge pine tree I noticed a spot with four or five large trout milling around. Using all the expertise I could muster from years of fish-

ing, I dropped my line and let my bait float right by those rascals. I did that several times and the fish absolutely ignored my offerings. I was in a dilemma, so I stood up and walked to the edge of the stream and still those pesky trout scarcely moved. What was I doing wrong? Finally, incensed by being ignored, I picked up a rock and figured I would scare the dickens out of them by tossing that rock into their playground. And I did. But I missed the pool’s edge and instead conked the biggest fish right on the beezer, knocking him cold. He floated a moment and then was swept away by the current. I started running after him and eventually found him floating in a small eddy. As I reached him he splashed me, wiggled his tail and swam briskly into deeper water. He was gone. It was truly a big fish. Although each year since, my story expands and that trout gets even bigger. If you're ever fishing on Lee Vining Creek and see a fish with a big knot on his head, give him a break. He's the only fish around who was down for the count yet lived to fight another day. Wofford Heights resident Rod Middleworth, a retired security manager for Pacific Bell, is an instructor for the local AARP Driver Safety Program.


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R.E.V.A.'s 2nd Annual Fundraiser Dance Lake Isabella Senior Center on Sat. August 21, 6 to 10pm $10 is entrance, a hot dog & drink, or chips. Prizes, plus 60's & 70's music played by "Ladiesnight", so drag out those hippy rags, or come styl'n in disco finery, and help fund our community's non-profit, low-cost spay/neuter mobile clinic. Open to 13 years old to forever young!

Further information: Jesse Martinez, 760-378-310

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Courier news briefs Kern River Courier

Edith LaRosa of Havilah phoned us to let us know that the Kern River Valley chapter of the Delta Foundation would like to provide free eyewear including exams, prescription, lenses and frames to youngsters in the valley. Edith said that Delta was founded in 1911 for research and scholarship. The Kern Valley chapter is working with a Bakersfield ophthalmologist to provide eyewear for boys and girls before school starts. Transportation can be arranged. Call Edith LaRosa at (661) 8672559. *** Beginning Aug. 1, the Kern County Waste Management Dept. will be charging $5 per ton, with a $5 minimum per load, for vehicles that come to any of its disposal sites with an untarped or unsecured load. Flyaway litter and bulky items from these loads often blow or fall out of vehicles onto roads leading to these facilities, they say. Doug Landon, Director of the department, cites budget cuts and lack of manpower to clean up the roads leading to the disposal sites.

Club at the Kern Valley Golf Course in welcoming its new president to the delight of members, friends, family and visiting Rotary dignitaries. Rowe himself was named Rotarian of the Year by outgoing president Luz Polcik, and Jody Steel of Weldon was sworn in as the club’s newest member. Former president Tony Alito emceed the party. Co-Chairs were Marie Rushton and Mary Alito. The Rotary Club of KRV had a 23.53% increase in membership (second in its district, which has 72 clubs). Rotary International is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and improve communities through a range of humanitarian, intercultural and educational activities. Rotary Clubs have more than 1.2 million members. The Rotary Club of Kern River Valley is one of over 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries.. They have weekly dinner meetings every Thursday at 6pm at the Kern Valley Golf Course. If you are interested in joining Rotary, call Rotary KRV Treasurer Chuck Wild at (760) 378-3888 or Email ***

*** Richard Rowe tells us that Paul Cromwell has become the new president of the Kern Valley chapter of the Rotary Club. On July 8th, Assemblymember Jean Fuller joined members of the KRV Rotary

The Preserve the Kern River Valley group, which is against the proposed solar plant in Weldon, is holding a big barbecue tomorrow, Saturday, July 24, at Weldon Methodist Church from 4 to 9 p.m. Lots of entertainment.

CHEN'S TEA SHOP IS NOW OPEN OVER 100 VARIETIES OF LOOSE TEAS IN STOCK Black, White, Green and Oolong. Also a variety of herbal blends

WE ALSO HAVE HERBAL REMEDIES Valerian Root, Echinacea, Ginkgo leaf, and more. Our herbs are all natural not processed to ensure you the utmost of benefits WE ALSO CARRY INCENSE, AROMA LAMPS AND GARDEN DÉCOR

BRING IN THIS AD FOR 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE Visit us at 11006 Kernville Rd. (Next door to the Fire Station) OPEN 7 DAYS 10am to 5pm

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WEB Recycling

Charlotte L. Ruse

2 for 1 Smoothie Sunday’s*

Legal Document Services • Notary

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*Sunday’s only! Lake Isabella Blvd.“Next to DMV”

“We Buy Gold & Silver!”

Recycling Makes $’s & Cents @

6429 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella In the Post Office Center

Coins & Jewelry 760-379-5200 Adjust • Exchange • Repair

South Fork Transmission (760) 379-8578

Clutches, Differentials, Brakes, Belts & Hoses 5300 Lake Isabella Blvd. Lake Isabella


AN HANDYM 760-4 417-2 2587


REICHENBACH’S Auto Body & Paint

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Shop DownTown Lake Isabella For only $10 a week this space could be yours

Chad Reichenbach Owner 760-379-3010

3801 Lake Isabella Blvd. Bodfish


Dianne Storm Owner Dog Grooming • Boarding Kennel • Pet Supplies

“Advertise where it counts” 760-376-2860

2100 Edith Street Lake Isabella, CA 760-379-4311

760-379-1792 Low Weekly Rate Short One Month Commitment

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Gram Gallagher Weed Abatement Services



General Yard Work Fire Clearances Arborist work Hauling

Floor Covering

Window Coverings too

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Adventures K E

Sponsored by the Legend Lakeview Motel ‡ Boat Launch Ramps 12090 Hwy. 178, Mt. Mesa. Camp Grounds z (760) 379-8250 or Toll Free Towns „ Hospital + (800) 929-8250. High Speed Other Features  WiFi available.


Golf Course

M.L. Ludiker Artwork & Design


Sierra Way

Wofford Heights


Mountain 99

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Wofford Heights Park

Tillie Creek Live Oak

North Fork Marina Camp 9


General Drainage Area 2,093 Square Miles Capacity, Gross Pool 570,000 Acre-Ft. Surface Area, Gross Pool 11,400 Shoreline, Gross Pool 38 miles Length, Gross Pool 9 miles Main Dam Maximum Height 185 Feet Length at Crest 1695 Feet Auxiliary Dam Maximum Height 100 Feet Maximum Length 3,257 Feet Lake Construction Started March 1948 Finished April 1953

County Dump Cyrus Canyon OHV Area Target Range ModelAircraft Controllers Stine Cove Robinson Cove Hanning Flat


Kern River Valley information Recreation Info U.S. Forest Service

Lake Isabella office: 4875 Ponderosa Dr. (enter from Hwy. 155 just over the hill from Hwy. 178) (760) 379-5646 Kernville Office: 105 Whitney Rd. (around the corner from the museum) (760) 376-3781

Boulder Gulch Hungry Gulch Rich Gulch West Side French Gulch

French Gulch Marina Pioneer Point


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Water Ski Area

Lake Isabella South Fork Recreation Area

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Old Isabella Rd Auxiliary Dam Engineer Point Paradise Cove LI Visitor Center Kissack Bay Main Dam Hospital

Mountain Mesa

Lake Isabella

General KRV Info

Wildlife Area

Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce

6404 Lake Isabella Blvd. Across from Senior Center Local: (760) 379-5236 Toll Free: (866) KRV4FUN

Emergencies - call 911 Kern Valley Substation

Sheriff’s Department and CHP 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd. (760) 549-2100 Weekdays only, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Kern Valley Hospital Kern Valley Healthcare District

McCray and Laurel, Mt. Mesa (760) 379-2681

Kernville Chamber of Commerce South Fork Wildlife Parking Area

Southlake Map courtesy Mike Ludiker

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Call (760) 376-2860 and ask for Michael Batelaan

Must See: Kernville Fish Hatchery The correct name for the Kernville Fish Hatchery is the Kern River Trout Planting Base, because it no longer hatches trout. Whatever you call it (most people around here still call it the Hatchery), it has been a focal point of the Kern Valley since it was built in 1928. It is run by the California Department of Fish & Game. Originally it was built by the Kern County Fish and Protective Game Association, but in 1929 the DF&G took over the operation. In the 1940s the Wildlife Conservation Board provided funds to expand the hatchery to the third largest in the state. In 1979 the DF&G changed the Kern River Hatchery to a Planting Base. At that time they decided to raise trout in a few central hatcheries in the state and then ship them to the planting bases. In 1994 after further budget cuts the base was about to be closed completely. But happily it is still raising and planting trout for the enjoyment of the many anglers that come here to the Kern River Valley to fish. The hatchery grounds include a recently built natural history museum, which features displays of angling artifacts and local wildlife. Included is a display of two stuffed California brown bears perched atop rocks. The fish hatchery is located at 14400 Sierra Way, just opposite Camp Owen, and is free to visit. For more information, call (760) 376-2846. – Kern River Courier

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Friday, July 23, 2010

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July is last month for Summer Reading Program The Summer Reading Program at the Kern County libraries will end before long. Reading records are due by closing on Saturday, July 31. KRV Branch (Lake Isabella) Sat. 24th 2pm Jeff Lee's Working Wildlife. Arrive early! Tues 27th 5:30 pm NatureAli from the Audubon Preserve – a fun program designed for kids and their families. Refreshments and a free book for all children in attendance. Sat. 31st 2pm Last day of SRP, so let's party! Pirate Party with stories, games and crafts. Kernville Branch Fri 23rd 10am Froggie storytime, craft and winners of Beneath the Waves Art Contest announced.

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Couch Theater

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Jeanne's husband (now deceased) was TV producer Harry Bernsen Jr. They divorced after 23 years of marriage, but reportedly remained best friends until his death in 2008. Corbin, 55, plays the recurring part of Father Todd Williams on his mom's show, and he directed Jeanne, 81, in the films "Carpool Guy" and "Donna on Demand," as well as many other projects.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

California Joe’s Storytelling Corner

He outran Indians and lived California Joe Kern River Courier Columnist

John Colter may have been the very first mountain man. Colter was born in Virginia in 1775 and later California Joe moved to Kentucky. He was one of Clark’s nine Kentuckians in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. On the return journey in 1806 he obtained permission to leave the expedition and go trapping along the upper Missouri. From 1807 onward Ft. Manuel, a newly erected fur trading post in modern-day South Dakota, became Colter’s headquarters. The fort was located at the junction of the Upper Missouri and the Big Horn Rivers. In 1808 Colter left this base to accompany a large party of Crows on a hunting expedition. Unfortunately the Crows and the lone white man met an even larger party of Blackfeet who were out on a Crow hunting expedition and a full-scale battle ensued. Colter was observed killing a Blackfeet brave. The following year a party of these warriors surrounded Colter and a fellow trapper named John Potts as they stepped from their canoe. When Potts showed resistance he was pincushioned with arrows. Colter was taken to their main camp, stripped naked, and given a

500-yard head start – before all the fit specimens of the tribe pounded after him on foot. Colter was seven days away from Ft. Manuel. He kept his spirits up despite the war clubs and arrows whizzing past his ears, no doubt. He figured if he could reach the Madison River some six miles away, he would stand a good chance of survival. Feet would be hamburger’d by prickly pear, body nicked by arrows, but he’d make it. Looking pathetically comical, Colter pumped on. After five miles, the tribe’s fourminute-miler began to overtake Colter. Suddenly the blood-stained white man stopped, turned and spread his arms out. The brave was taken by surprise and tripped. Colter immediately grabbed his weapon and used it to pin him to the ground. Colter made it back to Ft. Manuel and later to St. Louis. He farmed until his death in 1813. More than 100 years later, in 1926, a steam shovel unearthed some bones and a leather pouch. The pouch had Colter’s name branded on it and some fur trading receipts inside. The bones were casketed and a headstone provided. After all, John Colter had been a man of some importance. And he sure could run! California Joe is the storyteller persona of Stevenson Phillips, an actor and singer living in Kernville. You may reach him at

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The American Legion honored Capt. Don Davis of the Kern County Fire Department as their Firefighter of the Year. Pictured is Davis with Ed Ryan, Commander of the American Legion’s Lake Isabella post.

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Kern River Courier

Our Valley, Our Earth

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Carbon is dating material Ron Bolyard Kern River Courier Columnist

The picture depicts the radiometric dating method commonly used for dating materials that are geologically young. This procedure is referred to as Carbon-14 dating. Carbon-14 is a naturally occurring radioactive isotope of carbon. As shown, C-14 Ron Bolyard is produced when cosmic rays bombard nitrogen atoms in the upper

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Sauté seasonings in butter. Add corn and cook slowly for a few minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt & pepper to taste. Arrange mixture in alternating layers of corn and tamales. Sprinkle each layer with chili powder. Bake in a 350 degree oven until brown. Good to serve with BBQ.

atmosphere, and a fixed amount of C-14 is present in ALL living tissue, including human remains. When organisms die, they stop taking in C-14, and the C-14 in their bodies begins to decay. Knowing that the half-life of C14 is 5,730 years (upper right of diagram), scientists can measure the amount of C-14 in formerly living material and then calculate the time that has passed since it died. After 50,000 years, the amount of C-14 remaining is so small that it cannot be measured accurately. For practical purposes, C-14 is an accurate measurement for dating materials that are less than 10,000 years old. Geologists heavily rely upon this technique to date sediments which contain woody fragments deposited by floods, landslides, earthquakes and other processes.

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Bodfish Bob's Cajun Seasoning 2 tablespoons paprika 1 tablespoon black pepper 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 teaspoons onion powder 2 teaspoons ground red pepper 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks.

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Bodfish Bob’s Corn Casserole 2 TBSP Butter 1 medium Onion (chopped) 1/4 green Bell Pepper (chopped) 2 green Onions (chopped) 1 rib Celery (chopped) 1 can whole Kernel or creamed Corn Salt & Pepper to taste 1 can Tamales Chili powder

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Brown the onion with ground beef. Add rest of ingredients. Mix and pour into a 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Keep warm until served. Bodfish Bob's Thin Barbecue Sauce 1 Gal apple cider vinegar 28 oz catsup 2 ¾ Cup packed light brown sugar ¼ Cup granulated garlic ¼ Cup salt ¼ Cup crushed red pepper ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

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The Sequoia National Forest has an approved 5-year program of work for improving and upgrading the numerous recreation facilities as a result of a nationwide effort called Recreation Facility Analysis. The goal was to identify a recreation program with higher quality, more efficiently-managed recreation sites. The public facilities are to reflect visitor desires, expectations, and use. Many of the developed recreation sites in the Sequoia National Forest were built 30 to 50 years ago. Today, visitor preferences and demographics have changed. Some sites no longer serve projected recreation demand, and many facilities are in poor

shape and do not meet visitors' expectations. In the fall of 2005, the Sequoia National Forest began the national process to identify a sustainable system of developed recreation facilities that fit today's visitors. The original process was called the Recreation Sites Facility Master Planning. The initial document developed was reviewed by the public in 2007. This was a national program and process that received much public involvement. The Washington Office reviewed the process and changed the name to better reflect the analysis occurring on each forest. The planning exercise was renamed to Recreation Facility Analysis (RFA). The final document can be found on the Sequoia website: jects/recreation-facilityanalysis/index.html Upon completion of the Sequoia’s Facility Master Plan, we competed successfully for national dollars for many recreation improvements throughout the forest. In 2009, we succeeded in an allocation of $1.2 million for Recreation Site Improvement Funds. The numerous projects were designed and contracted by the forest engineering staff. Currently all water systems have been completed, many have been upgraded and designed for accessibility. Nine new toilet installations are in progress, and many new picnic table placements are ongoing. Some of your favorite places in Hydroponics Aeroponics Indoor/Outdoor Gardening Nutrients, Supplements & Organics Open: Mon.-Sat.10am• Closed Sunday 6974 Wofford Blvd. Wofford Heights 760-223-6275

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Friday, July 23, 2010 Collecting

Get out that Beatles stuff Larry Cox Courier Syndicated Columnist

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item referenced in Soda Pop Collectors Price Guide by Allan Petretti (Krause, $34.99), and suggest a dealer who specializes in soft-drink memorabilia. Here are three: Kim and Mary Kokles, P.O. Box 495092, Garland, TX 75049; Noel Barrett, P.O. Box 1001, Carversville, PA 18913; and William Morford, RD No. 2, Cazenovia, NY 13035. *** Q: Where can I learn more about four Beatles records I have from the 1960s? -- H.B., Albuquerque, N.M. A: One of the better references is the Goldmine Standard Catalogue of American Records 1950-1975, compiled by Tim Neely (Krause, $34.99). This hefty 1,375-page guide lists more than 150,000 pop, country, rock, rhythm and blues, and, yes, Beatles recordings. You also might want to scan "The Beatles Digest," also published by Krause. *** Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Talking About Real Estate

Foreclosures are back Matt Freeman Kern River Courier Columnist

Remember a couple of years ago at the beginning of the mortgage and real estate crisis the flood of bank owned properties that hit the market? In many areas, they accounted for over 80% of real estate sales in all of 2008. Bakersfield was one of those markets. More recently, we have seen Matt Freeman some market stabilization nationwide and also in Bakersfield where there is currently a shortage of inventory in some areas. But get ready, more foreclosures are coming. A report just released yesterday by the website, which tracks all types of residential real estate transactions nationwide, says that approx 31% of all real estate transactions closed in the first quarter of the year were foreclosure properties. That is a bunch, 1/3rd of the market. As I have talked about before in previous articles, the market up here in the Kern River Valley has not seen the kind of foreclosure activity that the large cities have. The Central Valley has lost over half a trillion in real estate value since the real estate bubble burst in 2008. What a number! Up here in the valley, we have seen prices come down an average of 30-50%

depending on area, and although we have seen some stabilization the downward trend is still happening in areas. Banks are making it hard to get deals through. Just did one that appraised at 130K; the bank cut the value to 110K. Had another one sold in Bodfish for 179K, signed contract and everything. Opened escrow, proceeded with the deal, appraisal came in at 155K. So we real estate agents are seeing the effects of this market still and so are the buyers and sellers. It is still a buyer’s market and will be for some time, I believe. The biggest indicator of that is the fact that besides all of the "help" that people have received from the federal government concerning mortgage modifications and all that, the fact is that the foreclosure rates are going up again. And as more foreclosure hit the market, the more property values will be stressed to the breaking point. This bodes both good and bad, all depends on your prospective. As a seller, times could get a bit tougher then they already are, and as a buyer prices could come down more. Only time will tell. Folks with jobs buy homes. Folks with jobs sell homes for profit. Let’s get America making stuff again and get those jobs coming back. Matt Freeman is a Realtor with Freeman’s Lakeside Realty (760) 379-5915 or cell 223-0880. His column is not intended to replace legal advice.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Courier chuckle of the week: “When I was a kid, I had two imaginary friends. They would only play with each other.” -- Rita Rudner

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Salome’s Stars ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Don't gnash those pearly whites because you might have to delay your plans. This could give you a better perspective of what's been done, and what still needs doing. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Scoring financial bull's-eyes is easy for the focused Bovine who knows the ins and outs of the marketplace. But even with your success record, caution is still the watchword. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Watch that tendency to over-romanticize a situation that should be given closer scrutiny. Better to be suspicious now, or face a sad surprise later. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Bruised self-confidence can make things difficult unless you accept the fact that you have what it takes. Ignore the critics and concentrate on believing in yourself. Good luck. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Congratulations on what you've accomplished. But this is no time to curl up for some catnapping. Your rivals are probably already working on plans to overtake your lead. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your adventurous side wants to play a more dominant role this week, and you might want to oblige. Try to arrange for some getaway time with that special person. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Taking logical approaches to pesky workplace issues can help resolve even long-standing problems. A shift in poli-

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Trivia Test By Fifi Rodriguez 1. INVENTIONS: What company invented the floppy disk? 2. MEASUREMENTS: What is the Fahrenheit equivalent of 100 degrees Celsius? 3. LANGUAGE: What does the word "milquetoast" mean? 4. BIBLE: What kind of birds did Noah send out to find dry land? 5. FIRSTS: Who was the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate?


1. IBM 2. 212 degrees 3. A timid person 4. A raven and a dove 5. Hattie Caraway of Arkansas

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REDUCED! Lake Isabella 2bd/2ba dbl wide mobile home w/carport, patio & deck. Was $640/mo - now $540/mo (inclds space rent) quiet 55+ park. Rent to Own + sec dep & good credit. (760) 379-2092 _________________________ Kernville - Hi-Ho Mobile Home Park. 2 bd / 2 ba Apts. $595/mo + deposit and utilities. 760-376-2671 _________________________ Lake Isabella - 2 bd, 1 ba duplex, $650/mo + $500 deposit. Trash/water paid. W/D, stove, dishwasher included. Call 760379-1195 or 760-379-8560 _________________________ Neatest Adult Park in the Valley Large Doublewide Living Rm w/woodstove. All new appliances,Air Cond. Corion Counter Tops, Master Bdrm, Office, Exercise Room, Work shop, & storage shed. $600. Must See! Pinewood Trailer Park, 99 Evans Rd. Wofford Heights. _________________________ Wofford Heights - 2 bd double wide w/30x30 workshop/garage & panoramic view of the Lake, $700/mo + deposit. Call (805) 375-0047 OR (818) 532-8261 _________________________ Weldon - 1 bd, 1 ba. Mobil home. Wood stove, carport nice back yard. $475/mo + deposit. 760-223-0101 _________________________ Wofford Heights - Nice studio apt. Water/trash pd., includes appliances. $350/mo, no pets. 760-223-1058 _________________________ Onyx - 2 bd. 2 bath furnished mobil home for rent, nonsmokers, senior preferred. Call for more info. 760-378-3786

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Entertainment KARAOKE at the Moose Lodge in Lake Isabella every Sat, 6-9pm, by Mike Rupert. Will have line dance music and food. 760-417-1158

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Valley’s towns and communities have their own long histories Mike Devich Kern River Courier

With more than a bit of help from the great books of Bob Powers, here is some background on some of the valley’s communities. Isabella/Lake Isabella The town of Lake Isabella is directly related to a previous town called Isabella, the site of which was inundated in the 1950s when the lake went in. Old Isabella was first known as Barton Junction, when Steven Barton homesteaded the site in 1886. He built a small home near where the roads from Havilah, Onyx, and Old Kernville met close to the junctions of the South Fork and the North Fork of the Kern. This is approximately where the Auxiliary Dam is today. Barton may have chosen the site for his town with the benefit of a little inside information. He had met Richard Keyes in White River some years before, and perhaps the two men had discussed the future possibilities of the Kern River area. Since he was a well-established surveyor, Barton may have heard rumors of the plans being made to acquire land and water rights along the Kern River for a power plant. Barton had surveyed the course for the Wutchumme Ditch, the first irrigation canal in Tulare County, and acted as superintendent during the construction. Barton was a man of many talents. Most of his known endeavors had been in the fields of geology and civil engineering. His success had largely been due to his early educational background and plenty of persistence and

self-instruction. He was a 60-year-old bachelor when he homesteaded Barton Junction and began his new career as the founder of a town. In a valley known for its rough and rowdy names like Black Gulch, Whiskey Flat, Bear Trap, and Rattlesnake Creek, Barton showed his individualism by naming his new town . . . Isabella. In choosing that regal, feminine name, Steven Barton was deeply influenced by the patriotism of his forefathers and his love for America. In 1893, he completed his plans for the township of Isabella, laid out into 98 parcels, and recorded his plans in the offices of the Kern County Recorder. Wofford Heights John Louis Tilly settled on land southwest of Old Kernville in the 1860s. The Tilly Ranch (later called the Beatty Ranch) was the hub of social life around Old Kernville in the early days. Many times townspeople gathered there for ice cream socials, and it was a favorite place for sewing circles. Old-timers told of the Tilly girls running their horses across the suspension bridge to Old Isabella even though there was a $15 fine for being caught at this offense. The Tilly Ranch was one of a group of ranches the Southern California Edison Company purchased to obtain water rights for the Borel hydroelectric power plant in the early 1900s. Water was diverted from the river at Old Kernville and run by flume to the Borel plant 15 miles downstream. Irven Wofford purchased the Tilly Ranch in 1920. Wofford provided stock

Marketplace Continued from page 12 Mobile Homes REDUCED! Lake Isabella Nice 2/bd/2ba dbl wide mobile home w/carport, patio & deck. Was $25,000 - now $14,995. Quiet 55+ park. 760-379-2092 _________________________ Wofford Heights - 2 bd double wide mobile home w/30x30 workshop/garage & panoramic view of the Lake. For info, call 805-375-0047 or 818-532-8261 _________________________ MOVING? Across Town or The Nation Kernville Moving & Storage 760-379-2714 or 760-417-0465 CAL.PU.CT 189998

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Wofford Heights - Sites available in quiet park with lake views, laundry facilities & fish house. $250/mo inclds water & trash. Call Jody @ 760-376-3228

Motels BAREWOOD INN LAKESHORE LODGE 5 VACATION HOMES 7013 Wofford Boulevard Wofford Heights, CA 93285 (760) 376-1910 GREAT Rooms, Views & Rates

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Lots for Sale *****3 LOTS FOR SALE***** Balboa South of Beechwood Scovern South of Crestview Starlight Off Old State Road $17,500 each. (760) 223-2222

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from the ranch to the Western movie companies visiting in the valley. He even acted in some of the movies. Wofford used the Wofford Ranch as his home ranch until 1948. When the dams were built, flooding the center of the valley, some of the homes in Old Kernville and Old Isabella were moved to the subdivided Wofford Ranch, now Wofford Heights. The Woffords bought the Dr. Smith home in Old Kernville and had it moved to a spot just north of Wofford Heights Park, overlooking their old ranch which was under the waters of Isabella Lake much of the year. Irven also bought the Odd Fellows Hall in Old Kernville. It was placed on Wofford Boulevard and became the Wofford Heights Club (today it’s the Elks Lodge). What will never be forgotten is that the north bank of where Tilly Creek empties into the Kern River is the site of one of the greatest atrocities the West has ever known – the Indian massacre of 1863 by the U.S. Army. (Ed. The story of the massacre can be found in Bob Powers’ book “North Fork Country.”) Each year since about 1950 services have been held in Wofford Heights at the exact location of the massacre. Kernville/Old Kernville The beginnings of Kernville started in 1860. The story is that a man named Lovely Rogers found a rock with flecks of gold in it on a hillside overlooking the Kern River. He picked up the rock to throw at his recalcitrant mule, when he saw the flecks of gold in it. Instead of throwing it, Rogers took the rock to

another miner and was told it was well-paying ore. Claims were scattered far and wide around the valley, ever since the California Gold Rush had begun in 1849, and miners had been scouring all the rivers in California. An entrepreneur by the name of Adam Hamilton came over Greenhorn Mountain, his mules laded with barrels of whiskey. He set up his barrels near Rogers’ gold find, and started a saloon. The saloon was moved down the river about a mile on a little flat spot by the river, and the town of Whiskey Flat quickly grew up around it. Four years later, in 1864, the townspeople opted to rename the town Kernville. Kernville existed in that location for almost 100 years, long after the gold played out. It was located just east of the modern-day town of Wofford Heights. Kernville saw a lot of changes happen to the Kern River Valley. Cattle ranching started to become important in a big way. In the early 1900s electrical engineers from the city of Los Angeles came looking at the Kern River for hydropower harnessing. Then Hollywood came calling, and Kernville became a popular place to make Western films. In the late 1940s, the decision was made to put a flood control reservoir in the Kern River Valley, and Kernville residents were told they had to move to higher ground. They decided to form a New Kernville a few miles north, and that’s where the town still is today. Old Kernville is still remembered fondly by many residents of the Kern River Valley.

Museum gift shop has new items The “Kern River Cookin'” cookbook is for sale now at the Kern Valley Museum Gift Shop. It’s filled with recipes from the secret kitchens of a host of local chefs and cheffesses. Over 150 pages of lip-smacking goodness!! And all for only $12. *** The new Gene Verbeet 2010 Calendar is filled with historic photographs of the Kern River Valley. The photos alone are worth the price of the calendar on sale in our Museum gift shop.

Kern River Courier Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: OPENING SHOCK AERIAL OUTFITTERS (2010B4212), DBA #2: SEQUOIA AIR ADVENTURES (2010-B4213) Street address of principal place of business: 2633 Lupine Street, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. Mailing address of business: 2633 Lupine Street, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. REGISTRANT: Cynthia Torelli, 2633 Lupine Street, Lake Isabella, CA 93240. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 12/01/2003. Notice: In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing

of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Cynthia Torelli. This statement filed on 07/01/2010. Expires 07/01/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, AuditorController-County Clerk. By G. Rodriguez. Published by the Kern River Courier July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT Fictitious Business Name(s) DBA #1: OUTSTANDING SCENIC PHOTOGRAPHY (2010-B3807) Street address of principal place of business: 19 Pine Street, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. Mailing address of business: P.O. Box 1122, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. REGISTRANT: Richard L. Zimmerman, 19 Pine Street, Wofford Heights, CA 93285. A, Individual. Date the business commenced: 00/00/0000. Notice: In accor-

dance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a fictitious name statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the office of the County Clerk, except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this State of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State or Common Law (see Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code) Signed: Richard L. Zimmerman. This statement filed on 06/14/2010. Expires 06/14/2015. ANN K. BARNETT, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk. By N. Hawley. Published by the Kern River Courier July 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2010.

Lost RX Eye Glasses with leather strap. Lost on Whitewater Wednesday, 6/16 in Kernville. Please call (661) 750-9360

Reward ALWAYS BUYING original art, bronzes, sculptures, paintings, Indian items, antiques, saloon, Civil War, old advertising, art pottery & more. HIGHEST PRICES PAID. Over 22 years exp. WE SELL TOO! Open daily. Ghost Town Relics @ Silver City Ghost Town 760379-5146

LAP DOG Not quite housebroken male, loves laps...any lap - Gateway, Asus, HP, & Dell. Named ”Pionakeys” (greek). 3 months old and may not get any older if he remains here much longer.

Check out the Kern River Courier’s prices on legal ads. You will be impressed. For instance, we will print a full four-week run of your Fictitious Business Name Statement for only $40. Bring in a copy of your statement be published within 30 days of filing. We are next to the Wofford Heights Post Office.




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Friday, July 23, 2010

Voices of Faith

Hopefulness is best for beginning, end Clarence Semonious, pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Kernville

A couple of friends of mine are in Texas for a few days. I miss them even though I know they will return within days. Another friend is in hospice care. I will miss that person also – even though we will praise God together in God’s own time. In 1931, Joyce Anstruther Graham Plaszek had a Semonious hymn published under the name Jan Struther. It is called “Lord of All Hopefulness.” As Jan Struther, she impressed audiences both in England and America. “The Real Mrs. Miniver” is her biography, written by her granddaughter. The text of the hymn is copyrighted by Oxford University Press, so the best I can do is explain why it moves me in both situations. As praise for the Lord, she lists His titles; Lord of all joy, Lord of all faith, Lord of all grace and Lord of all calm. Each verse attributes a title to a time of day; the break of the day, the noon of the day, the eve of the day and the end of the day. It doesn’t take much of a stretch to apply those times of day to the seasons of one’s life. Hope is an excellent way to begin any undertaking and is the best way to accept the end. Even a prince is told, without the Lord of life, “When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish. Psalm 146:4. But with the Lord of life, “…we know that for those who love God all

things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28. To see a connection between the phrase “all things” and joy, ponder the Lord’s answer regarding the four yearly fasts. “And the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts: The fast of the fourth month and the fast of the fifth and the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah seasons of joy and gladness and cheerful feasts. Therefore love truth and peace.” Zechariah 8:18-19. The Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary connects Jesus’ reply to His disciples when they asked Him why He did not impose fasting. “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?” Matthew 9:15. Maybe you remember when Jesus was Lord of all calm. The disciples wakened Him because of a storm, “…he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?’ Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.” Matthew 8:26. Another time, Jesus was out taking a walk (He was walking on the water, and they thought it was a ghost.) “…they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. Mark 6:50-51

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Churches of the Valley Kernville First Baptist Church of Kernville 46 Valley View Drive, Kernville Sunday Services — 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. 376-6403 Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship Center 44 Big Blue Road, Kernville Sunday School 9 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 417-2014 Kernville Foursquare Church Kernville Chamber of Commerce 11447 Kernville Road Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. 223-6704 Kernville United Methodist Church 251 Big Blue Rd., Kernville Sunday Services 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. 376-2751 St. Peter’s Anglican Church 11900 Sierra Way, Kernville Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. 376-6362 St. Sherrian Episcopal Church Odd Fellows Hall, Kernville Sundays 10 a.m. Lake Isabella First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella 3701 Suhre, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m. 379-5615 Fountain of Christ Church 5101 #A Lake Isabella Blvd, Lake Isabella Sunday Service: 9:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wed. 6 p.m. 417-0793 Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 2741 Mountain View Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. 379-5640 Mt. View Southern Baptist Church 2959 Erskine Creek Rd, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 8:30, 11:15 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 379-4296 Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall 1911 Edith Ave., Lake Isabella (760) 379-8672 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (LCMS) 377 Highway 155, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 12:00 p.m. 379-2343 Kern Valley Bible Church 3920 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. 379-5482 Church of the Nazarene 2931 Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 379-2062 Highland Chapel United Methodist 5301 Lake Isabella Bl., Lake Isabella Sunday School & Worship 9:30 a.m. 379-2120 Lake Isabella Church of Christ 3711 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Sunday worship 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Bible study Sun. 10 a.m., Thurs. 6 p.m. Kern River Valley Seventh Day Adventist 3801 Golden Spur, Lake Isabella Saturday Service 9:30 a.m. 379-3206 Kern Valley Pentecostal LightHouse Church 3730 Wagon Wheel Dr., Lake Isabella Sunday School 9:45

Services 10:45 a.m. Eve. 5 p.m. Wed. Service 6 p.m. 379-5819 Mt. Mesa Church of Christ Mt. Mesa 6400 Dogwood Av., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. 379-4792 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 6400 Park Av., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 10:00 a.m. 379-2904 Grace Chapel 12312 Mt. Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 9:45 a.m. 379-4093 Christian Assembly 12424 Mountain Mesa Rd., Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. 379-6377 Victory Tabernacle (United Pentecostal Church) 4324 Birch, Mt. Mesa Sunday Services 4 p.m. 379-6360 Southlake/Weldon Kern Christian Church “The River” 14900 Hwy 178, Southlake Sunday Services 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. 378-3780 Weldon Baptist Church 20674 Highway 178 Sunday Services 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. 378-4964 Weldon United Methodist Church 20021 Hwy. 178, Weldon Sunday Services 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 378-2321 Wofford Heights Family Life Center Foursquare Church Panorama, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 376-6719 New Life Assembly of God 25 Arden Av., Wofford Heights Sunday Services 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. 376-6402 St. Jude Catholic Church 86 Nellie Dent Dr., Wofford Heights Sunday Mass 8 a.m. & 10 a.m., Sat. 4 p.m. 376-2416 Calvary Chapel 125 Sycamore Drive, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10 a.m. 376-8789 Christ Fellowship 80 Evans Road, Wofford Heights Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.

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Miscellaneous SGI - USA Buddhist Discussion Meetings - call 379-6162 for dates and times. Based on the Lotus Sutra. Salvation Army The needy are helped by the local affiliate of this national organization. Mon. 9 am — 1 pm. 6105 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. 760-379-5100.

Bible verse of the week Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

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Bible Trivia by Wilson Casey 1. Is the Book of Nahum in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. In Acts 7, who recounts the story of Abraham along with the captivity and freedom of the children of Israel? Paul, Peter, Stephen, Andrew 3. Who went to sleep and fell out the window while Paul preached? Esua, Enid, Eutychus, Eucyrus

4. From II Corinthians 3:17, "Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is ..."? Hope, Liberty, Love, Peace 5. In what Macedonian city were Paul and Silas imprisoned? Philipi, Neapolis, Jericho, Jerusalem ANSWERS: 1) Old; 2) Stephen; 3) Eutychus; 4) Liberty; 5) Philipi (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Friday, July 23, 2010


Health Insurance Matters

Employees benefits costly Harry P. Thal Kern River Courier Columnist

Employees are often unaware of how much they really cost their employer. Many workers look at their paychecks and see their take home pay. This they see as their "value" to the employer. A far cry from reality. The good employee is far more costly than Harry Thal what they deposit into their bank account. The most obvious of "extras" is the deductions for the payroll taxes. This deduction is the employee's share of taxation. Beyond this, your employer is matching Social Security, Medicare, and also paying for Workman's Compensation insurance and other employee benefits, such as your health plan, dental plan, vision plan, and perhaps contributions to retirement as well as many other benefits which may be included in a cafeteria of benefits from which th employee may choose. Beginning this January, employers across the country will be accumulating data to report on the employees 2011 W-2 tax filing forms. It is under a new Federal law called the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act or PPACA, (pronounced 'pack-ah'). For taxable years beginning after January 1, 2011, employers will be required to calculate and report the aggregate cost of employer sponsored health insurance coverage on the employee's W-2. Because employees are required to provide a

W-2 when an employee terminates employment mid-year, it is important to begin a system of tracking the coverage now, so you are ready by January 1. The National Association of Health Underwriters in their white paper document of July 2010 “New Employer Form W-2 Health Insurance Requirements in the PPACA,” states "It is important to note that the aggregate cost of an employee's health benefits will not be included in the employee's taxable income. The W-2 reporting will be a way to track coverage values for the 40% excise tax (starting in 2018) on "high cost" employerbased medical coverage above certain thresholds (the so-called "Cadillac plan tax)"". As I frequent various business and other places of employment, it is always a wonder to me the attitude of some of the employees. In the hospitality industry, how often are we, the consumers faced with a grump. Sometimes the person does and says everything by the book, but there is absolutely no energy. It is like dealing with some government employees. Perhaps, if the worker sees the true cost to their employer as to the "hidden paycheck" they will become more aware of the benefits they are receiving. There is a long line of unemployed people who would smile and make the customer welcome. Harry P. Thal, MA, is a licensed insurance broker. He is President of the Kern Association of Health Underwriters and on the National Association of Health Underwriters Medicare Advisory Board. He may be reached at 760-376-2100, e-mail or visit him on the web at

To Your Good Health

Women can regain bladder control Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Courier Syndicated Columnist

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I, like the letter-writer P.G., had to run to the bathroom constantly in order not to have an accident. I wanted to see my grandson graduate from college, so I consulted a urologist. He sent me to a place where treatments with an electrical probe were given. I went for six weeks and also did Kegel exercises. The quality of my life changed for the better, and now I square dance and do aerobics. Incontinence is no longer a problem. -- E.M. ANSWER: Electrical stimulation of the pelvic muscles has successfully allowed many women to regain bladder control. It doesn't work for all, however. The stimulation strengthens muscles that keep the bladder closed, and con-


trols overactive bladder wall muscles that contract forcefully and frequently. Another technique is a device that delivers electric current to spinal nerves in the lower back. If those nerves respond to the current and keep the bladder closed, then a small unit is implanted under the skin for a permanent solution to this problem. One such device is called the InterStim. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2010 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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If someone is struck by lightning Immediately call 9-1-1! It is safe to provide first aid to the victim of a lightning strike. If necessary, CPR can be provided to the victim without danger to the rescuer. If you can hear thunder, you can get struck by lightning. When you hear thunder, you will need to seek safe shelter. A substantial building or a metal roofed vehicle offers the best protection against lightning strikes. Avoid elevated ground or open fields. Stay away from tall objects or objects made of metal such as trees, posts, or fences. Keep away from bodies of water such as lakes or pools. Source: Kern County Fire Department

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mined to be lightning. As of Wednesday, the Indian Fire was still burning near Indian Wells Road northwest of Ridgecrest and northeast of the Kern River Valley. The burned area at that time was 1057 acres and was 65% contained. The cause of this fire was still under investigation as of Wednesday. If you were planning to travel in that area, as of Wednesday, the Bureau of Land Management’s Temporary Emergency Closure for the area around the Indian Fire was still in effect. The Temporary Emergency Closure area included the Owens Peak Wilderness Area, the Indian Wells Canyon Area, and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail north of Highway 178 through the Wilderness. Indian Wells Road was closed to all traffic at Highway 14. The weather forecast is for more possible thunderstorms. A 20% chance is predicted by the National Weather Service for the weekend.

Seniors Summer Health Fair to be held Sept. 13 The Kern Valley Healthcare District, partnering with the KUSD Family Resource Center, will be putting on their 10th annual Seniors Summer Health and Information Faire in Monday, Sept. 13 at the Senior Center in Lake Isabella. There will be free skin cancer screening, a free foot care clinic, as well as a low-cost blood draw/lipid panel. There will be free handouts and information. For information call Sonia at (760) 3828385. Pitch in, help clean up the valley Sept. 18 on Pride Day If you like to see a sparking clean Kern Valley at the end of summer when it gets quiet again, consider joining one of the local groups who clean up around the valley on Pride Day each year. All cleanup volunteers are treated to a free lunch and a Tshirt. Call Thomas Refuse at 379-2618. To include your event in the Courier Calendar, just submit the information to the Courier (our addresses are on page 2) by Tuesday for each Friday’s issue. Events must be open to the public and admission price, if any, must be listed.




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